It’s November, which means winter is right around the corner, and in the majority of the Northern Hemisphere it’s already getting cold. Most of us can agree it sucks. However, in addition to counting down the days ‘til spring, here are a few things we can all do to make this horrible season a little more bearable.
1.) Layer up – The first step is acceptance. Acknowledge that it is indeed frigid outside, and break out the heavy coat. Don’t be an idiot and wear your fall jacket through December because you’re too stubborn to do something about the fact that you’re freezing your butt off. Or maybe you’re one of those people who don’t actually have a winter coat because you’re perpetually in denial that winter is a thing. Get one. Personally, I have a puffy snow coat to get out of storage soon that has served me well. However, now that I’m a grown-up, I’m planning on getting something warm that is more appropriate for wearing places other than the sledding hill. If you don’t have a winter coat, or one you like to wear, invest in a nice one. Yes, nice coats cost a lot. But you’ll get good use out of it for many years to come. And you won’t have to be in denial any longer.
2.) Wake up twenty minutes earlier – Don’t ignore the weather forecast. Whether the newscaster is predicting a blizzard or just freezing temperatures, your car will inevitably be covered in either snow or frost. Getting up about twenty minutes earlier will allow you extra time to shovel, warm the car up, make a hot cup of coffee, and scrape the ice off your windows. Snowy roads = no bueno for the morning commute, so that earlier alarm will also provide you with a more relaxing drive to work. Sure, you’ll lose a little bit of sleep, but what’s twenty minutes anyway? You’ll be grateful you took the time to ensure your safety and comfort at the peak of winter.
3.) Make a seasonal playlist – In December, that might consist of holiday music, but otherwise, align your song choices with the weather. Choose dark, heavy, and grungy bands like System of a Down, Metallica, or Nirvana for times when you want to embrace the freezing, gloomy grayness. You should have some bright, chipper stuff as well like Katy Perry, Ingrid Michaelson, or Matt Nathanson for when all you’re thinking is “screw winter!” and want to be reminded of better days.
4.) Cuddle – After you’ve been outside, come home and snuggle up with a blanket on the couch with a hot beverage and a good movie or book. It sounds cliché, but doesn’t it also sound fantastic? If you have a fireplace, light a fire. If you don’t, that wouldn’t be wise. Winter is a great time to catch up on things you want to watch or read, because it’s just so miserable outside that you have no desire to do anything else. Also, cuddling up close with someone or something when it’s cold just makes you feel good. Whether that’s a significant other, a close friend, a pet, or just something soft, it’s guaranteed to make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside (and warm fuzzies ward off the cold).
5.) Snow play – When the first big snow falls, get some friends together to hang out. While we’re on the topic of planning ahead, this will require you to have good gloves, snow pants, etc. You will also need to acquire a sled. Go buy a cheap one at Walmart or Target. Do it. Seriously, think like a kid. Snow is something to cheer about, not curse. Have a snowball fight, and trek up the nearest (safe) big hill to fly down it on a snowboard. Snow should be fun, not frustrating! It’s one of the few winter things that can possibly be construed as positive. Don’t waste the opportunity to go wild!